news from the workshop: silver birch

And she still reads more books a month than I do. Chapeau!

Bilberry and Birch

silver birch bangle silver birch bangle One way or another, I’ve mostly been working on designs inspired by the bark of the silver birch tree for the past few days. I usually apply the distinctive texture using the edge of an old and slightly pitted hammer, but I decided to try something slightly different with the bangle pictured above. It’s made from 3mm diameter round wire, which is chunky enough to work on with a fine file. I was able to get much deeper marks than I do with the hammer, and to vary how much I bit into the silver. I’m rather pleased with the result, which looks like a very thin section cut through a slender tree trunk.

It was back to the hammer for my other pieces. The pendant is a design that I have made before, and it will replace one that I sold to a customer in the…

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